Chairman bemoans Pawson’s penalty decision


Chairman Peter Swann has called for more technology to be introduced to the game following the Iron’s FA Cup 3rd round exit at the hands of Chelsea.

Scunthorpe were denied a penalty when Kevin van Veen was felled by Ramires early in the second half, as Craig Pawson waved away United’s appeals for a spot kick.

In a statement on the club’s website, Swann said: “Controversy always surrounds our game but is it not time that the FA embraced technology?

“For the time it takes to set up for a penalty the fourth official could look at several replays and confirm to the referee it was a good decision or a decision that he can quiet clearly see is incorrect and ask the referee to reverse it.

“We all go home after these things happen and just say, well that is football, that referee was poor, that decision killed us and all the what ifs involved in the game, football is like that!

“I do not agree, the money now involved in the game is huge and the referee should use all the technology available to get these decisions correct”.

Swann highlighted the trip on van Veen and the award of a late penalty for Spurs against Leicester as two examples that could have been solved by the introduction of such technology.

“Could we have gone on and got something out of the game? Should Spurs have a replay? I think, with the right decisions made, you feel happier with the outcomes of the matches and as a team you deserve to have a just result.”

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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